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Grid Services and Provision from Wind

COURSE NO: R03-013
Grid Services and Provision from Wind
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course describes the “essential reliability” services (ERSs)—for example, operating reserves—needed to maintain the reliability and stability of the national electrical grid, and discusses how wind can provide these ERSs.


Wind’s ability to provide energy and capacity is well understood in concept even if industry practices vary by region. What is not as broadly understood is the ability of wind technologies to provide ERSs, even as modern wind turbines have necessary capabilities built in. While the cost of providing operating reserves is a small fraction of the total cost of grid services, this share could grow under increasing penetration of wind (or solar photovoltaics)—and the provision of operating reserves from wind could grow as well. In fact, in certain regions, wind is required to provide some of the reserve services even today. This course presents the service requirements and pricing data needed to evaluate the potential of wind energy to provide ERSs.


This 3 PDH online course is intended for electrical, mechanical, and other engineers interested in using wind turbines to generate electricity for the electric grid.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:


  • Understanding the categories of services provided to the electric grid: energy and capacity, operating reserves, and other services
  • Learning the specific types of operating reserves: frequency responsive reserves, contingency reserves, and ramping reserves
  • Familiarizing with the technical requirements of each service
  • Knowing the quantities of each service currently procured
  • Learning how to estimate costs of these services
  • Understanding technical and regulatory issues around wind providing these services
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document, “Grid Services and Provision from Wind”, which is based on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory technical report, “An Introduction to Grid Services: Concepts, Technical Requirements, and Provision from Wind”, publication NREL/TP-6A20-72578, dated January 2019.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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